Ensemble Cymru was formed in 2001 with the vision of creating a world class ensemble based in rural Wales.
Ensemble Cymru was formed in 2001 with the vision of creating a world class ensemble based in rural Wales, an area with breath taking landscapes and a rich, diverse culture. The Ensemble's mission is to promote chamber music by composers of Wales past and present alongside that of composers from across the world.
The Ensemble performs in major concert venues throughout Wales as well as smaller community venues as part of its ethos of championing chamber music throughout the country.
By placing music from Wales’s heritage and contemporary culture alongside repertoire from across the world, the ensemble is able to create exciting and innovative programmes.
Ensemble Cymru is the resident ensemble at Bangor University and Venue Cymru, Llandudno.
The eminent cellist and conductor Paul Watkins (Emerson String Quartet) is the Ensemble's Artist in Association.
The recent collaboration with the BBC National Chorus of Wales marks a first step in establishing a vocal consort within the Ensemble by 2020.
In the past 12 months (2013/14) the Ensemble will have reached almost 15,000 people and children across Wales through its production tour and television broadcast of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’. In March 2014, Ensemble Cymru launched the first Welsh language recording of ‘Peter and the Wolf’ featuring the voice of internationally celebrated actor, Rhys Ifans.
Annually, the Ensemble reaches 5,000 people through 100 workshops and performances in schools, communities and major venues across Wales.